Position: Third Grade Teacher
School: Walter J. Paton Elementary School
School District: Shrewsbury Public Schools
City, State: Shrewsbury, MA
Colleen Kalagher-Travaglio was nominated by a former student who wishes to remain anonymous.
No matter our age, we always seem to remember our favorite teacher. The one who stood out from the rest, who inspired us, who pushed us to be our best, and most importantly, the teacher who has made a profound impact on our lives. For one student, this teacher was Mrs. Kalagher-Travaglio.
"Having now graduated from college, I am so grateful for the impact she has had on my education throughout the years," the nominator said. "She is an unbelievable educator and deserves to be recognized as a LifeChanger."
Mrs. Kalagher-Travaglio is someone who goes the extra mile for her students and their families. She has a great sense of humor and understands early adolescence. She has a unique way of connecting with students and instills confidence in their abilities to learn and grow.
"My brother and I were both lucky enough to have her as our third grade teacher, and we still consider her our favorite teacher, even after all these years," the nominator said.
Patience is an extremely important quality to have as an educator because everyone learns at different speeds. Mrs. Kalagher-Travaglio has the philosophy that what may work for one student doesn't always work for another. She takes the time to understand each student’s individual needs, and incorporates them into her lessons.
"As someone who struggled in school myself, I know how much of a difference an accommodating teacher can make. It didn't matter to her how much time it took for the light bulb to go on, it mattered that the student understood the material. She is patient, understanding, and encouraging; three things that every teacher should be," the nominator said
Mrs. Kalagher-Travaglio is actively involved in her school and community, where she participates in a number of school activities, and even dresses up with students during spirit weeks. In 2011, she was a recipient of the John P Collins Award for excellence in education. It's awarded to educators who exemplify the highest standard of professionalism and dedication to lifelong learning. She breathes life into education through her enthusiasm for teaching, and her outgoing personality creates an exciting learning environment that engages all students. Her positive attitude is contagious, and her smile lights up a room.
"Not only is Mrs. Kalagher-Travaglio a LifeChanger to me, but she is a LifeChanger to so many other students that she has mentored over the years," the nominator said.
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